Federica Sbergami's scientific contributions

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Intergenerational links are often investigated by computing educational attainment correlations between parents and children, even though parental background may influence outcomes at earlier stages of the educational path. Because of early school track selection and widespread vocational training, this effect may be quite important in the Swiss co...
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We investigate the impact of within-country spatial concentration of economic activity on country-level growth, using cross-section OLS and dynamic panel GMM estimation. Agglomeration is measured alternatively through urbanization shares and through indices of spatial concentration based on data for sub-national regions. Across estimation technique...
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Intergenerational mobility has often been investigated by computing educational attainment correlations between parents and children. However, parental choices may influence children education at earlier stages. This is the case in Switzerland where decisions about secondary school track take place between the age of 10 and 15, depending on the can...
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This paper considers the location of manufacturing activities when regional policies are endogenous. We find that once the political economy of regional policy is explicitly taken into account, regional population size has an ambiguous effect on the level of regional subsidy, even though it plays a key role in determining the equilibrium spatial al...
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Knowledge spillovers and technical externalities play a fundamental role in basically all endogenous growth models. In a context of increasing returns to scale and transportation costs it seems reasonable to assume that regional agglomeration of production and R&D activities is linked to aggregate growth. This work is an empirical investigation of...
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This paper combines a bit of theory and a bit of econometrics to argue that the source of the fragility of the trade and growth results may stem from a simple source, namely the imposition by empirical researchers of a linear relationship between openness proxies and growth. Our basic reasoning is simple. Per capita output growth is driven by the c...
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It is a widely observed fact that in many European countries, regions of low population density get subsidies that are not justified by their size. This paper throws some light on the effect of this phenomena on location of manufacturing activities. Considering a simple two-region economic geography model enriched to allow for endogenously determin...

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... Other researchers have included this variable to examine the effect of family on tracking (Falter, Luzzi, & Sbergami, 2010). Parent's education level was coded 0 for completion of elementary school or high school, 1 for a college diploma or certificate, and 2 for a university degree. ...
... This indicates the existence of a significant scale effect in the accumulation of similar industries in northeastern, central, and northwestern China. This finding is consistent with existing studies, indicating that positive effects of industrial specialization will only emerge in the early stages of economic development, which also corroborates Williamson's Hypothesis (Williamson, 1965;Sbergami, 2002;Bruelhart and Sbergami, 2009;Jaakko, 2014). In the early stage of economic development (in northeastern, central, and northwestern China), specialized industrial agglomeration can promote ULUE by both imitation effects and scale effects. ...
... However, at the same time, there is spatial competition in the development of regional agricultural industry. The improvement of industrial agglomeration level may lead to the flow of technology, labor, capital, and other factors to the local, and increase the difference of agricultural technical efficiency among regions [57][58][59]. Therefore, local governments should speed up the formation of a scientific and reasonable layout of agricultural industry development and establish a healthy market operation order. ...
... This indicates the existence of a significant scale effect in the accumulation of similar industries in northeastern, central, and northwestern China. This finding is consistent with existing studies, indicating that positive effects of industrial specialization will only emerge in the early stages of economic development, which also corroborates Williamson's Hypothesis (Williamson, 1965;Sbergami, 2002;Bruelhart and Sbergami, 2009;Jaakko, 2014). In the early stage of economic development (in northeastern, central, and northwestern China), specialized industrial agglomeration can promote ULUE by both imitation effects and scale effects. ...
... The logarithmic transformation of the CES aggregate in the utility function (1) is responsible for this knife-edge result. In the working paper version it is shown (Robert-Nicoud and Sbergami, 2001) that a more general functional form for (1) translates into a net e ect of on  * . ...
... Cette ambigüité s'explique en partie la difficulté de traduire une problématique intangible (l'intégration au commerce international des pays concernés) en un proxy mesurable (Andersen, et al., 2008). En outre, elle peut provenir du choix d'une relation linéaire pour démontrer cette corrélation (Baldwin, et al., 2000). ...